From Valuing Nature online course – Should we place a monetary value on ecosystem services?

My answer:

I think placing a monetary value on ecosystem services brings the benefit of providing the same unit of measure against all ecosystems that is understood wildly on Earth. We can use it to compare value of natural resources and determine its value in the Economy. My main issue with this is how we determine the actual value and if it is fair on the ecosystem.

We are exploiting Earth from its natural resources with the human population increasing. If we continue to value natural resources as we currently are and continue to take it for granted, resources will not have enough time to replenish, and eventually we will be in deficit. Great example of this is over fishing and global warming having an effect on the Great Barrier Reef. If further actions are not taken on our consumption, reef bleaching will continue and biodiversity will vanish.

Issues such coral bleaching in shores of Australia, deforestation of the Amazon and land pollution effecting seas around Far East, should be a global concern. I think it’s definitely a tough decision to make. Some countries are more concerned for the Economic success of the country rather than exploitation of natural resources, their decisions might not be good long term for the planet. Of course over the years most countries have become more aware of the climate and pollution challenges our Planet if facing. Creating organisations such as UNFCCC, and policies/ incentives such as REDD+ or the Paris Climate Agreement, is the right step to bring a equal responsibility across the globe to help the Planet heal through climate change efforts.

I think it is also understandable that some countries want to take full control of their ecosystems and natural resource management. Maybe the incentives are not benefiting these local communities at all or not creating enough positive change. I guess this is where Governments and organisations such as UN have to have further discussions and make expectation in individual cases.

With current global warming issue there should be a higher price put against natural resources such as land, forests, fuel, and fossil fuels, and lower the price of wind, solar and water power systems, which we can help grown to reduce emission.

If you look at this from a perspective of a person that truly appreciates earth and nature, and is increasingly against the system that we live in, who are we to place price on natural resources? We live amongst other none human animals that has no say in this. As we are the smartest living creatures on Earth, making policies, rules and regulations, we want to control everything that surrounds us and use it for our benefit.

To conclude this, yes monetising the value of the Ecosystem Services is very important and relevant in this day and age. Without this, services would not be values appropriately, and the Economies around the world would not be structures as they are now. I think this is something that can definitely change in future. I think we should invest much more in our eco-friendly energy substitutes plantations, reduce waste we produce meaning reduce consumption in most MEDC. I think there should be some sort of population control law introduced across the globe as the population is just growing at such fast rate, natural resources will continue running low. 



Self isolating before an op. Wow this is mentally harder than I thought.



When you spend that a little bit too much on online shopping. I have been looking at climbing gear for months. After years of climbing I have decided to start my trad gear collection with these  ❤


I already have some screwgates, slings, rope and more quickdraws so I think this is a good start.



Excerpt from Online course about Nature Value. I love Phytoplankton 🙂

” In the oceans, phytoplankton (the tiny ‘plants’ of the sea) take up carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus from surface waters, which then get incorporated into the marine food web. Eventually, as organisms die, the carbon and nutrients sink to the depths of the ocean. But ocean currents upwelling along the west coast of many continents bring the nutrients back to the surface again where they can fuel the ecosystem. Marine animals including whales are also known to feed deep in the ocean depths and when they return to the surface they release nutrients. To provide a similar service would involve mining and grinding nutrient rich rock and scattering it over the oceans.”



“Be a voice for the voiceless “



“I’d rather be a forest than a street”

Simon & Garfunkle


If you love something, or you have a drive to be the best you can be, the only thing that stands in your way is your own mind set, attitude and determination.

I always think that if you truly have a goal, or you want to achieve something, it is important you do it for the right reason to stay motivated and inspired to get to the finish line.



It is an endless search for adventure for me until a distant goal is set. We only have so much time on this earth so why waste it. Do what you love, what makes you happy and bring happiness to you and others.